Last month, the heavily revamped Toyota Yaris made its regional debut in Thailand. At the time, it was forecasted that the Philippines may soon see the refreshed hatch hit the market soon, likely in late 2017. Now, sources close to the company have said that the 2018 Yaris will roll out in the market this month.
Given that the Philippines sources the Yaris from Thailand, expect little changes from its counterpart from our neighboring country. At the front, it adapts the 'Keen Look' design of its larger, four-door stablemate, the Corolla Altis. Larger, upswept headlights replace the current model's slim units while the bumpers are given a more rounded look. These changes are complemented by larger center air intake, and reshaped foglight housings.
Its side and rear end have also received new sheetmetal and panels. There are now more creases on the doors and the rear fascia gets a more rounded look. Tail lights are wider than the car that it will soon replace and there is a larger rear windshield to complement the new tailgate design.
The biggest news for the Philippine-spec 2018 Yaris is a new top of the line variant. Starting with this new model, the 1.5G is no more, replaced by the 1.5S. It gains a smart entry and start system, LED headlights, paddle shifters, traction control, stability control, sportier accents and a rear spoiler. At the moment, there is yet to be more details for the base and mid-range models. However, it is possible that these may look like the silver car in the photo above.
The new 1.5S variant also suggests that the 1.5-liter unit has been carried over from the current Yaris. As it stands, it produces 108 PS and 140 Nm of torque. This will likely be paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with seven-speed mode.
As for prices, these have yet to be determined.
Note: Thailand-spec models photographed